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Old 06-23-2010, 10:37 AM   #76
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Gorgeous paint and the graphic is Very Well done.
Thanks. Fortunately, I didn't do it myself. My paint skills start with a paintbrush and end with a rattle can.

This work was done by a great local classic auto restorer / artist. The paint is House of Kolor Kandy. Five layers of translucent "Brandywine" over "Orion Silver", and finished with four layers of Urethane. All hand finished to perfection. Must see in person to really appreciate it.
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Old 06-23-2010, 06:06 PM   #77
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Great pictures! It looks really good.

Can you add a little between the first teaser pic and the finished product.

Did everything fit?, clear instructions? all required parts? How much disassembly of your bike? Any major issues? Alignment issues? Electrical connection issues? Anything else you think is important ?

Leaner handling experience once you gain experience.

Others may also be considering a Kalich.
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Old 06-24-2010, 05:58 AM   #78
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Gorgeous paint and the graphic is Very Well done.
Can only: Dito!

very nicely done
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Old 06-24-2010, 06:04 AM   #79
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Finally, I've managed to get the leaner all set up properly and out on the road for a few hundred miles. It's running perfectly. We hit a few snags along the way, but Ralph got those ironed out quite nicely.
Go out & play with it!
Remember: Even if you don't feel, it is there - so keep the Mantra in mind: wider, wider, wider

I wonder how long it will take you till you hit the stopper for the first time while leaning into a corner (usually shorter timeframes than people imagine...).
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Old 06-24-2010, 07:00 AM   #80
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Great pictures! It looks really good.

Can you add a little between the first teaser pic and the finished product.
Between receiving the crates and driving the finished sidecar, there are a few things you have to do. If you buy this sidecar in Germany, Ralph will assemble it and get it on the road. However, if you're not able to a drive up to his shop, you have a couple other options.

You can have all the parts unfinished and not fully assembled, which is what I chose, so I could get it painted locally. Alternatively, you can also choose to have him have the tub painted and then fully assembled, then crated up. All you'd then have to do is mount the sub-frame to the bike and hook up the lights to your bike, then adjust the alignment.

There will always be little issues you have to resolve as a builder, or even an assembler. If you are afraid of working out these issues, then no build may be right for you. The little things I had to work out may be completely different from the ones someone else may need to address. If you expect drive up - drive out ease, you need to find someone who can provide that service.

That said, I'll try and answer your questions:
Did everything fit? Yes, everything fits
clear instructions? Yes, you also need to have common sense
all required parts? Yes
How much disassembly of your bike? A little. Must discard the crappy engine guards and the center stand. Also, you need access to some wiring.
Any major issues? No
Alignment issues? No
Electrical connection issues? No
Anything else you think is important? Be smart, flexible and creative.

The bottom line is that Ralph is very easy to work with, is fluent in English, and most importantly is a great craftsman who will work very hard to help make sure you can get his creation on the road.
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Old 06-24-2010, 12:00 PM   #81
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VERY nice looking rig!!!!!!

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Old 06-25-2010, 12:28 PM   #82
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Looks great! Love the paint.
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Old 03-10-2011, 01:44 PM   #83
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Do you know what the lean angle limits are with your sidecar? Just curious.
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Old 03-10-2011, 04:50 PM   #84
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Do you know what the lean angle limits are with your sidecar? Just curious.
No limit due to the sidecar, when leaning to the left. To the right there is a bumper that the head will touch if you try to lean too far.

If you want real tech info on this, recommend you email Ralph Kalich at info@kalich.de
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Old 03-22-2011, 04:42 PM   #85
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Do you know what the lean angle limits are with your sidecar? Just curious.
Depends on the type of motorcycle you attach the leaner sidecar to.

A good leaner should be able to reach in the order of 40 from vertical when leaning towards the sidecar body.
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Old 05-17-2011, 11:23 PM   #86
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Mac,

I know it's been a while, and maybe this is an inappropriate question, but, can you delineate the price breakdown for buying this sidecar from Kalich in Germany and shipping to the States? I'm on the east coast, so if I did it, it might not cost as much. I don't know.

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Old 05-24-2011, 05:30 PM   #87
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Mac,

I know it's been a while, and maybe this is an inappropriate question, but, can you delineate the price breakdown for buying this sidecar from Kalich in Germany and shipping to the States? I'm on the east coast, so if I did it, it might not cost as much. I don't know.

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Old 05-26-2011, 06:53 PM   #88
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That looks like a fun rig. Awesome paint job. I had some experience with the Flexit when California Sidecar brought it into the country. Actually a lot of fun when set up properly. Had the frame lock let go while backing it out of the trailer at Laguna Seca, just at the point on the ramp where your feet don't reach the ground. The people standing around waiting to look at it thought it very amusing though.

I haven't had the opportunity to try one like yours yet but have been temped to build one just to try. I have an old Equalean that I played with some but my old Guzzi was not the correct bike for it. Might try it again once I get the fuel injection on my 78GL.

Have fun with it and ride safe. Barry
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Old 03-06-2013, 05:26 PM   #89
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Glad I found this thread. I emailed Germany and hopefully I'll hear from them soon.

A couple of questions:

Do you have pictures of your bike solo without the sidecar. Is it easy to remove the sidecar for solo riding?

Are you able to mount your panniers with the sidecar?

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Old 03-06-2013, 06:03 PM   #90
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Glad I found this thread. I emailed Germany and hopefully I'll hear from them soon.

A couple of questions:

Do you have pictures of your bike solo without the sidecar. Is it easy to remove the sidecar for solo riding?

Are you able to mount your panniers with the sidecar?


I don't have any published pics without the sidecar, but just put up your hand in front of the picture so you can just see the bike. It looks just like that.

The sidecar comes off in about 2-3 minutes. If you take your time, it's 5 minutes. Two bolts, and it's off. With this design, no front end modifications are required.

There is significant space behind the sidecar seat, but you can mount the left pannier. The right pannier must stay off, if you ever want to turn right.

I'm considering selling the sidecar rig, along with the mounting frame. The mounting frame is only set up to work with a GSA, as pictured. Ralph Kalich may be able to build you a different frame, if you have a different bike. No guarantee he can, or will. You'd have to ask Ralph. He calls the bike mounting frame a "helper frame".

Just for reference, Ralph Kalich is an absolutely excellent guy to work with. His design and professionalism is top notch and highly recommended. Back when I bought this, I wired all the cash to him, with no hesitation.

If anyone is interested in this machine, email me directly please.
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